New Zealanders vote to legalise assisted dying for terminally ill adultsBMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4239 (Published 30 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4239
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
New Zealanders have voted overwhelmingly for a law legalising assisted dying, which has already been passed by the country’s legislature.
The End of Life Choice Act was supported by 65.2% of the public, the preliminary results of a nationwide referendum showed. The act was approved by parliament in 2019, but its implementation was delayed until the public had a say through the binding referendum.
Due to come into effect in November 2021, the law will enable terminally ill, mentally competent adults in the final months of life to request assistance from a medical …